12 days in Australia Itinerary

12 days in Australia Itinerary

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12 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + foot + train:  26​h
1
Surfers Paradise
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Brisbane
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Sydney
— 4 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Toronto


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3
nights
Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise ©
The main appeal of Surfer’s Paradise can be identified from its name alone.
Visit Surfer's Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Burleigh Head National Park and David Fleay Wildlife Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Surfers Paradise: Cape Byron Lighthouse (in Byron Bay) and Coolangatta Beach (in Coolangatta). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction, and buy something for everyone on your list at Robina Town Shopping Centre.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Surfers Paradise itinerary maker.

Toronto, Canada to Surfers Paradise is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in December, with highs in Surfers Paradise at 31°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Cape Byron Lighthouse
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
David Fleay Wildlife Park ©
David Fleay Wildlife Park

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): examine the collection at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, admire the masterpieces at GOMA, and then steep yourself in history at Customs House.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Museums Historic Sites
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Queensland Museum & Sciencentre ©
Queensland Museum & Sciencentre
Gallery of Modern Art ©
Gallery of Modern Art
Customs House ©
Customs House

4
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Relax by the water at Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. Spend the 8th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, look for all kinds of wild species at Featherdale Wildlife Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove, and stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Featherdale Wildlife Park
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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